Posts Tagged ‘dash’

Photographic Evidence of Official San Francisco Corruption: Free Parking for SFGov Employees Attending Giants Games

Monday, April 8th, 2013

I didn’t take these photos, but I’ll tell you, I’ve seen a lot of corruption regarding free parking for SFGov employees in the SoMA area, so I believe them.

Here’s a photo essay with captions from Jim, who went on a walkabout yesterday.

Take a look:

“There are the People who pay up front to park in a lot, $25-$70. There are the people who feed meters but many of those wind up paying $72 to the City long after the last pitch. And there are those who play the system and possibly cheat and pay nothing for parking in a “red zone” with the help from “winking and nodding” SFMTA Parking Control Officers.

All these photos were taken within a 50 foot circle near 2nd & Townsend at 2:15 P.M. on Sunday April 7, 2013 during the Giants/St. Louis Baseball game.

1) Number 1 shows what the average slug must pay for parking for the Giant’s game at 2 in the afternoon, i.e. $70.

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2) Number 2 shows a Handicapped placard vehicle getting free Giants game parking in the “red zone” of the SFFD at Second & Townsend. Handicapped placard holders may not park in “red zones.”

3) What appears to be several private vehicles of S.F. firefighters parked in the “red zone” claiming to be working by their Official Papers on the Dash. Is it mere code for “don’t ticket a fellow City employee?”

4) Several motorcycles getting ticketed (TC27, 219) for expired meters by the PCO who just drove by the “red zones” without seeing cause to stop.

5) Photo of SFFD Headquarters at 9:30 A.M., Sunday April 7, 2013 in case you think a lot of people work there on a Sunday.

 

Know Your Faked Viral Videos, Made with GoPro Cameras or Not, In San Francisco or Not, Involving Seagulls or Not

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

This one was for Lego Indiana Jones something, recorded in Potrero Hill by the Butler or something ad agency up in Marin County:

Yeah, fake.

For these reasons and more:

And here’s a faked GoPro seagull video made in France:

And here’s the latest, a faked GoPro video made in San Francisco by a woman from France, apparemment, you know, ostensibly:

In closing, GoPro, GoPro, GoPro! Yay for GoPro! Buy one, or three, today!

Know Your Fireballs: A Giant Meteor High Above California, Nevada, and Arizona This Evening?

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

Is this the thing that everybody’s talking about tonight?

The LA Times says meteor.

Fireballs FAQ from your American Meteor Society.

Follow men’s eyes as they look to the skies 
The shifting shafts of shining weave the fabric of their dreams 

[UPDATE: Here we go, the impression of a Young Artist, suspiciously over-detailed:

Jill Padilla’s son Juan drew this pic right after seeing the strange lights. (credit: Juan Padilla)

Awesome!

Until next time…

Shooting stars never stop/

A Tip for Toyota Prius Drivers: Turn Your Headlights On at Night – Or Just Leave Them On All the Time, Your Choice

Monday, October 11th, 2010

I’ll tell you, the reason why the LORD hasn’t smited all you bay area Toyota Prius drivers yet is because about fifty of you actually know how to drive, and, you know, actually pay attention to the task at hand. But as for the rest of you:  

“Looking at moving violations, Quality Planning found that Toyota Prius drivers get 0.38 violations per 100,000 miles driven, compared to an average of 0.23″

Nicht gut.

Now, there are reasons why drivers of Toyota Prius Hybrids don’t seem to be able to turn their headlights on at night the way other people do.* But those reasons aren’t important.

What is important is that you either:

 1. Take note of when the air changes color and then turn on your headlights when things start to turn black (Il metodo della Vecchia Scuola); 0r

2. Just leave your damn headlights on all the time.

Your choice. Just get-r-done.

Yet another Toyota Prius out at night without lights:

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So, I don’t want to hear any more complaining about how you don’t know which pedal to push, or you don’t know how to turn off the engine on your car, or how your HID headlights break all the time and they cost $1200 to fix. No no, the biggest problem you have, the biggest threat to your life when you’re behind the wheel of your Prius is you yourself.

Let’s keep that in s’perpective….

*And I’ll freely admit that Toyota is partially at fault for overestimating the abilities of its customers… 

Friendly PG&E Gives You a Ring Before Having Your Car Towed Away

Sunday, March 15th, 2009

Lot’s of times we have signs on the streets of San Francisco warning of a construction zone - this is your notification of the days and times a parking space is unavailable. When a crew comes in the morning and see your car, they’ll have it towed away with extreme prejudice.

But look here at the policy of mega utility Pigs, Girafffes and Elephants: just leave your number and they’ll let you know when you need to move. Que bueno!

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That’s a friendly policy from PG&E, non?

Was the Giant Lego Boulder Video Actually Produced by Teak Motion Visuals?

Wednesday, May 21st, 2008

By now you’ve seen the latest viral video recreating Indiana Jones’ famous Boulder Dash? From the Gootube:

“We built a huge LEGO boulder and then made our friend dress up as Indy and run from it. Fun times!

(How respectful the Youtube poster was of our corporate overlords, taking care to CAPITALIZE corporate names.)

Anyway, it sure got plenty of Diggs. 

However, some have alleged that the giant Lego ball was styrofoam and that the makers merely sought to promote a new game. (Who knows, you might like it.)

Irregardless, this has led to confusion on the Internets.   

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From Flickr via tillwe, are these LEGO bricks or not? (Commenter Phill says nay. Commenter Martin says it’s Duplo.)

Some appear to have lost their faith in the Web:

Viral is so mid-2000s, now it’s just being exploited and we’re all gonna hate it.

And the famous Laughing Squid is now trying to give credit to the entire crew that pieced together all 5 million Legos, to no avail.

Was Teak Motion Visuals or Teak Films Production behind this corporate subterfuge? Some think Sausalito’s Butler Shine and Stern  (wouldn’t it be nice to be “hanging out on a fucking sailboat, while getting paid coupla hundred an hour“) may have had a hand in it.

Only Time Will Tell.

But in the meantime and while we’re on the topic, take a look at  Teak Motion Visuals’ attempt at verisimilitude. How contrived does this scene appear on a scale from 1 to 10? Can’t you just see the guy with a baseball cap plotting out the most effective bouquet of garbage?

Are we really suppose to listen to this Amazing Group of Talented Creatives, and then “Clean the Bay” and “Start With This Beach?” This particular beach at Crissy Field? Srsly? Until the sexy but trash-strewn drunkfest known as the Bay to Breakers Footrace gets rerouted, the Crissy Field Protection Area will never look like that. (If you want real, then check out San Francisco’s Warm Water Cove - it still looks like this.)  

The makers of these contrived bits probably had a good time getting paid to do them, but when you start fibbing and shilling… Will this LEGO stunt end up on the list of Great Examples of Guerilla Marketing Gone Wrong?

Fail

Epic Fail.